Daily Archives: February 13, 2007

Russia Openly Declares Cold War on USA! (You can’t say LR didn’t try to warn you!)

Do you ever feel as though you’re being watched?


“We need the full range of military capabilities. We don’t know what’s going to develop in places like Russia and China, in North Korea, in Iran and elsewhere.”

That’s the next Secretary of Defense Robert Gates (pictured, left) testifying before the Armed Services Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives last week and laying to rest all doubt as to whether Russia has provoked a second cold war with the United States in the ultimate act of self-destruction yet seen in the annals of human history. And this came before he heard the outrageous remarks delivered by Russian “President” Vladimir Putin a few days later at the annual Munich security conference. That’s right: He lumps Russia in with international pariahs and rogue states like Iran, North Korea and China. Can you imagine what he thought of Russia after hearing . . .

The US has overstepped its national borders in every way. This is very dangerous, nobody feels secure any more because nobody can hide behind international law. People are always teaching us democracy but the people who teach us democracy don’t want to learn it themselves.

That’s Vladimir Putin, “president” of Russia, speaking at the Munich security conference last week. Did he really say that Russia, with no opposition parties, appointed governors and no independent TV news is as democratic as America? Yes, that’s just what he did. Putin has apparently decided as well that he gets to decree where the “national borders” of the United States are. Democrat Joseph Lieberman called Putin’s comments “provocative,” adding that the claims the US “aspired to unipolar power or acted unilaterally is just not borne out by the facts.”

Has Russia “overstepped its national borders” in Chechnya, Georgia, Ukraine and the Baltics? Oh no, heaven forbid, of course not, no need to ask the people who live there either, because their opinions mean nothing next to that of Vladmir Putin, Holy Russian Emperor. Has the US overstepped its borders even in Russia? Why yes, apparently it has invaded that country too, and China, and “every” other country in the world. Gracious. But if the U.S. is as powerful as all that and ill-intentioned, shouldn’t the president of Russia be at least a bit less provocative in his remarks? After all, his country is already losing 1 million from the population every year and working for $2.50 an hour on average. It seems not. Just call him Vladimir Quixputin, sacrificing Russia to rid the world of the evil of America.

Is Vladimir Putin going to lead a “coalition of the willing” (North Korea, Iran, Libya, Syria) against the United States and NATO in Cold War II? Is it really that delusional, already, that high oil fumes, that self-destructive? It would appear so. Welcome to Cold War II, the one Russia can’t possibly survive.

Putin has now even succeeded in alienating his best friend in the West, George Dubya Bush, who “looked into Pooty-Poot’s eyes.” The White House responded to Putin’s crazed, egomaniacal tirade as follows: “His accusations are wrong. We are surprised and disappointed with President Putin’s comments.” Just look at Putin and Gates sitting next to each other in the photograph above right. Is that really the relationship Russia wants with the world’s most powerful nation?

Don’t forget, dear readers, that LR told you this was going to happen, starting back last April. And she’s telling you now that it’s going to get much worse before it gets any better. Don’t forget the context: Putin’s comments come in the wake of a massive military buildup in impoverished Russia, a buildup which all by itself, without any menacing rhetoric, would be more than enough cause to conclude that a new cold war had begun. Instead of trying to soothe concerns about that buildup, Putin throws gasoline on the fire. Welcome back to the USSR!

Speaking at the same conference after Putin made his outrageously provocative remarks, Gates handed the malignant little troll the ultimate disrespect, putting him in is place as neat as you please. Giving him nothing to take home to the people, Gates dismissed Putin with a joke about silly cold war rhetoric and then ignored him — as if to say, we will let our actions speak for us, whilst you can only rely on empty words. Mr. Gates appears to be quite a good man for the job.

Google News now has over 1,500 international news articles reporting on Putin’s declaration of Cold War II with the United States. Estonia’s president condemned Putin’s remarks, using them as an opportunity “to urge the EU to rethink relations with ‘a country that considers democracy on its borders as a threat, or despotism inside its borders as a source of stability.’” Sweden’s Foreign Minister stated: “We should take him at his word. This was the real Russia of now, and possibly in four or five years time it could go further in this direction. We have to have a dialogue with Russia but we must be hard-nosed and realistic. We must stand up for our values.” Czech Republic’s Foreign Minister sarcastically thanked Putin, saying he had vindicated NATO’s decision to take in members from the former Soviet east over the past decade. LR would also like to thank President Putin very kindly! Ron Asmus, executive director of the Transatlantic Centre think tank in Brussels, stated “This Munich conference is normally about the Americans and Europeans bitching at each other. It will be interesting to see whether Putin actually managed to bring us together.”

A reader offers the following observations about Putin’s insane tirade and its consequences for Russia and the world:

I’m sure it has not escaped your notice that Putin has just made a speech at some kind of international conference, launching into the United States in almost an unprecedented way, and apparently blaming the US for the current drive by certain countries towards nuclear proliferation. I think he is clearly taking advantage of the current situation in which you have a lame duck president who is very unlikely to respond with an appropriate counter-attack. If I was speaking for the US I would say the following:

There is no doubt about the countries that Mr Putin is principally referring to. North Korea (the psychopath state created by the Soviet Union) recently tested its first atomic bomb, after all of the US brokered attempts to prevent it by diplomatic means and imposition of sanctions failed. Russia’s part in the negotiations ranged from indifference to obstruction, and after NK first announced that it had the bomb the official Russian reaction was “North Korea does not have the required technical capability.” Putin did play an active roll in relations with style North Korea however. Soon after his appointment as president, he invited Kim Jong Il to the Kremlin, and soon after that made an agreement to sell arms to him.

The other main country which we, and the rest of the world are referring to is of course Iran. Let us be quite clear about this, the fact that Iran will soon be capable of producing Nuclear weapons is a situation that would not exist without Russia’s help. In the early 1990s Russia made an agreement with the Islamic Republic of Iran to sell two nuclear power stations to it, and no other country was willing to do so. I don’t know how many people are aware of the following two facts but: First, the most favoured non-renewable energy source for power stations in the developed world in recent years is natural gas. This is considered the least bad option environmentally, and makes very sound economic sense unless the price of the gas is too high. Secondly, Iran has the second largest proven reserves of natural gas in the world after Russia. These two facts together make the sale of nuclear power plants to Iran the nearest thing there could possibly be to selling freezers to Inuits. Hence right from the outset, the powers that be in Russia must have been aware that Iran’s primary objective in obtaining nuclear power plants was to produce nuclear weapons. Subsequent events have born out this assumption amply. Again, Russia’s relations with Iran: It is a valued economic partner and a valued client for its burgeoning arms market. Most recently it has sold them one billion dollars worth of high tech anti-aircraft missiles. Clearly the fact that Iran has taught a generation of its people to regularly chant “death to America” is considered desirable by the man who claims to be America’s partner in the “war on terror”.

Perhaps Mr Putin considers his recent and projected sales of arms to third world countries and pariah states is a force for stability. One example is the new MiG 35 fighter plane. Russia can congratulate itself on the fact that this is widely considered to be equivalent to the new American Super Hornet. Doubtless Putin thinks that the world can feel reassurance from the fact that, after selling large numbers of these to India, Russia intends to sell them to: Syria, Iran, Libya, and last but not least Sudan Incidentally, as I’m sure you know, the Sudanese government is responsible for Africa’s worst humanitarian catastrophe, in Darfur and it may have been stopped if it had not been for Russia and China continually blocking sanctions on it. To watch a video regarding the airplane, click here.

It bears repeating: Don’t forget, dear readers, that LR told you this was going to happen, starting back last April. And she’s telling you now that it’s going to get much worse before it gets any better.

Russia Openly Declares Cold War on USA! (You can’t say LR didn’t try to warn you!)

Do you ever feel as though you’re being watched?


“We need the full range of military capabilities. We don’t know what’s going to develop in places like Russia and China, in North Korea, in Iran and elsewhere.”

That’s the next Secretary of Defense Robert Gates (pictured, left) testifying before the Armed Services Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives last week and laying to rest all doubt as to whether Russia has provoked a second cold war with the United States in the ultimate act of self-destruction yet seen in the annals of human history. And this came before he heard the outrageous remarks delivered by Russian “President” Vladimir Putin a few days later at the annual Munich security conference. That’s right: He lumps Russia in with international pariahs and rogue states like Iran, North Korea and China. Can you imagine what he thought of Russia after hearing . . .

The US has overstepped its national borders in every way. This is very dangerous, nobody feels secure any more because nobody can hide behind international law. People are always teaching us democracy but the people who teach us democracy don’t want to learn it themselves.

That’s Vladimir Putin, “president” of Russia, speaking at the Munich security conference last week. Did he really say that Russia, with no opposition parties, appointed governors and no independent TV news is as democratic as America? Yes, that’s just what he did. Putin has apparently decided as well that he gets to decree where the “national borders” of the United States are. Democrat Joseph Lieberman called Putin’s comments “provocative,” adding that the claims the US “aspired to unipolar power or acted unilaterally is just not borne out by the facts.”

Has Russia “overstepped its national borders” in Chechnya, Georgia, Ukraine and the Baltics? Oh no, heaven forbid, of course not, no need to ask the people who live there either, because their opinions mean nothing next to that of Vladmir Putin, Holy Russian Emperor. Has the US overstepped its borders even in Russia? Why yes, apparently it has invaded that country too, and China, and “every” other country in the world. Gracious. But if the U.S. is as powerful as all that and ill-intentioned, shouldn’t the president of Russia be at least a bit less provocative in his remarks? After all, his country is already losing 1 million from the population every year and working for $2.50 an hour on average. It seems not. Just call him Vladimir Quixputin, sacrificing Russia to rid the world of the evil of America.

Is Vladimir Putin going to lead a “coalition of the willing” (North Korea, Iran, Libya, Syria) against the United States and NATO in Cold War II? Is it really that delusional, already, that high oil fumes, that self-destructive? It would appear so. Welcome to Cold War II, the one Russia can’t possibly survive.

Putin has now even succeeded in alienating his best friend in the West, George Dubya Bush, who “looked into Pooty-Poot’s eyes.” The White House responded to Putin’s crazed, egomaniacal tirade as follows: “His accusations are wrong. We are surprised and disappointed with President Putin’s comments.” Just look at Putin and Gates sitting next to each other in the photograph above right. Is that really the relationship Russia wants with the world’s most powerful nation?

Don’t forget, dear readers, that LR told you this was going to happen, starting back last April. And she’s telling you now that it’s going to get much worse before it gets any better. Don’t forget the context: Putin’s comments come in the wake of a massive military buildup in impoverished Russia, a buildup which all by itself, without any menacing rhetoric, would be more than enough cause to conclude that a new cold war had begun. Instead of trying to soothe concerns about that buildup, Putin throws gasoline on the fire. Welcome back to the USSR!

Speaking at the same conference after Putin made his outrageously provocative remarks, Gates handed the malignant little troll the ultimate disrespect, putting him in is place as neat as you please. Giving him nothing to take home to the people, Gates dismissed Putin with a joke about silly cold war rhetoric and then ignored him — as if to say, we will let our actions speak for us, whilst you can only rely on empty words. Mr. Gates appears to be quite a good man for the job.

Google News now has over 1,500 international news articles reporting on Putin’s declaration of Cold War II with the United States. Estonia’s president condemned Putin’s remarks, using them as an opportunity “to urge the EU to rethink relations with ‘a country that considers democracy on its borders as a threat, or despotism inside its borders as a source of stability.’” Sweden’s Foreign Minister stated: “We should take him at his word. This was the real Russia of now, and possibly in four or five years time it could go further in this direction. We have to have a dialogue with Russia but we must be hard-nosed and realistic. We must stand up for our values.” Czech Republic’s Foreign Minister sarcastically thanked Putin, saying he had vindicated NATO’s decision to take in members from the former Soviet east over the past decade. LR would also like to thank President Putin very kindly! Ron Asmus, executive director of the Transatlantic Centre think tank in Brussels, stated “This Munich conference is normally about the Americans and Europeans bitching at each other. It will be interesting to see whether Putin actually managed to bring us together.”

A reader offers the following observations about Putin’s insane tirade and its consequences for Russia and the world:

I’m sure it has not escaped your notice that Putin has just made a speech at some kind of international conference, launching into the United States in almost an unprecedented way, and apparently blaming the US for the current drive by certain countries towards nuclear proliferation. I think he is clearly taking advantage of the current situation in which you have a lame duck president who is very unlikely to respond with an appropriate counter-attack. If I was speaking for the US I would say the following:

There is no doubt about the countries that Mr Putin is principally referring to. North Korea (the psychopath state created by the Soviet Union) recently tested its first atomic bomb, after all of the US brokered attempts to prevent it by diplomatic means and imposition of sanctions failed. Russia’s part in the negotiations ranged from indifference to obstruction, and after NK first announced that it had the bomb the official Russian reaction was “North Korea does not have the required technical capability.” Putin did play an active roll in relations with style North Korea however. Soon after his appointment as president, he invited Kim Jong Il to the Kremlin, and soon after that made an agreement to sell arms to him.

The other main country which we, and the rest of the world are referring to is of course Iran. Let us be quite clear about this, the fact that Iran will soon be capable of producing Nuclear weapons is a situation that would not exist without Russia’s help. In the early 1990s Russia made an agreement with the Islamic Republic of Iran to sell two nuclear power stations to it, and no other country was willing to do so. I don’t know how many people are aware of the following two facts but: First, the most favoured non-renewable energy source for power stations in the developed world in recent years is natural gas. This is considered the least bad option environmentally, and makes very sound economic sense unless the price of the gas is too high. Secondly, Iran has the second largest proven reserves of natural gas in the world after Russia. These two facts together make the sale of nuclear power plants to Iran the nearest thing there could possibly be to selling freezers to Inuits. Hence right from the outset, the powers that be in Russia must have been aware that Iran’s primary objective in obtaining nuclear power plants was to produce nuclear weapons. Subsequent events have born out this assumption amply. Again, Russia’s relations with Iran: It is a valued economic partner and a valued client for its burgeoning arms market. Most recently it has sold them one billion dollars worth of high tech anti-aircraft missiles. Clearly the fact that Iran has taught a generation of its people to regularly chant “death to America” is considered desirable by the man who claims to be America’s partner in the “war on terror”.

Perhaps Mr Putin considers his recent and projected sales of arms to third world countries and pariah states is a force for stability. One example is the new MiG 35 fighter plane. Russia can congratulate itself on the fact that this is widely considered to be equivalent to the new American Super Hornet. Doubtless Putin thinks that the world can feel reassurance from the fact that, after selling large numbers of these to India, Russia intends to sell them to: Syria, Iran, Libya, and last but not least Sudan Incidentally, as I’m sure you know, the Sudanese government is responsible for Africa’s worst humanitarian catastrophe, in Darfur and it may have been stopped if it had not been for Russia and China continually blocking sanctions on it. To watch a video regarding the airplane, click here.

It bears repeating: Don’t forget, dear readers, that LR told you this was going to happen, starting back last April. And she’s telling you now that it’s going to get much worse before it gets any better.

Russia Openly Declares Cold War on USA! (You can’t say LR didn’t try to warn you!)

Do you ever feel as though you’re being watched?


“We need the full range of military capabilities. We don’t know what’s going to develop in places like Russia and China, in North Korea, in Iran and elsewhere.”

That’s the next Secretary of Defense Robert Gates (pictured, left) testifying before the Armed Services Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives last week and laying to rest all doubt as to whether Russia has provoked a second cold war with the United States in the ultimate act of self-destruction yet seen in the annals of human history. And this came before he heard the outrageous remarks delivered by Russian “President” Vladimir Putin a few days later at the annual Munich security conference. That’s right: He lumps Russia in with international pariahs and rogue states like Iran, North Korea and China. Can you imagine what he thought of Russia after hearing . . .

The US has overstepped its national borders in every way. This is very dangerous, nobody feels secure any more because nobody can hide behind international law. People are always teaching us democracy but the people who teach us democracy don’t want to learn it themselves.

That’s Vladimir Putin, “president” of Russia, speaking at the Munich security conference last week. Did he really say that Russia, with no opposition parties, appointed governors and no independent TV news is as democratic as America? Yes, that’s just what he did. Putin has apparently decided as well that he gets to decree where the “national borders” of the United States are. Democrat Joseph Lieberman called Putin’s comments “provocative,” adding that the claims the US “aspired to unipolar power or acted unilaterally is just not borne out by the facts.”

Has Russia “overstepped its national borders” in Chechnya, Georgia, Ukraine and the Baltics? Oh no, heaven forbid, of course not, no need to ask the people who live there either, because their opinions mean nothing next to that of Vladmir Putin, Holy Russian Emperor. Has the US overstepped its borders even in Russia? Why yes, apparently it has invaded that country too, and China, and “every” other country in the world. Gracious. But if the U.S. is as powerful as all that and ill-intentioned, shouldn’t the president of Russia be at least a bit less provocative in his remarks? After all, his country is already losing 1 million from the population every year and working for $2.50 an hour on average. It seems not. Just call him Vladimir Quixputin, sacrificing Russia to rid the world of the evil of America.

Is Vladimir Putin going to lead a “coalition of the willing” (North Korea, Iran, Libya, Syria) against the United States and NATO in Cold War II? Is it really that delusional, already, that high oil fumes, that self-destructive? It would appear so. Welcome to Cold War II, the one Russia can’t possibly survive.

Putin has now even succeeded in alienating his best friend in the West, George Dubya Bush, who “looked into Pooty-Poot’s eyes.” The White House responded to Putin’s crazed, egomaniacal tirade as follows: “His accusations are wrong. We are surprised and disappointed with President Putin’s comments.” Just look at Putin and Gates sitting next to each other in the photograph above right. Is that really the relationship Russia wants with the world’s most powerful nation?

Don’t forget, dear readers, that LR told you this was going to happen, starting back last April. And she’s telling you now that it’s going to get much worse before it gets any better. Don’t forget the context: Putin’s comments come in the wake of a massive military buildup in impoverished Russia, a buildup which all by itself, without any menacing rhetoric, would be more than enough cause to conclude that a new cold war had begun. Instead of trying to soothe concerns about that buildup, Putin throws gasoline on the fire. Welcome back to the USSR!

Speaking at the same conference after Putin made his outrageously provocative remarks, Gates handed the malignant little troll the ultimate disrespect, putting him in is place as neat as you please. Giving him nothing to take home to the people, Gates dismissed Putin with a joke about silly cold war rhetoric and then ignored him — as if to say, we will let our actions speak for us, whilst you can only rely on empty words. Mr. Gates appears to be quite a good man for the job.

Google News now has over 1,500 international news articles reporting on Putin’s declaration of Cold War II with the United States. Estonia’s president condemned Putin’s remarks, using them as an opportunity “to urge the EU to rethink relations with ‘a country that considers democracy on its borders as a threat, or despotism inside its borders as a source of stability.’” Sweden’s Foreign Minister stated: “We should take him at his word. This was the real Russia of now, and possibly in four or five years time it could go further in this direction. We have to have a dialogue with Russia but we must be hard-nosed and realistic. We must stand up for our values.” Czech Republic’s Foreign Minister sarcastically thanked Putin, saying he had vindicated NATO’s decision to take in members from the former Soviet east over the past decade. LR would also like to thank President Putin very kindly! Ron Asmus, executive director of the Transatlantic Centre think tank in Brussels, stated “This Munich conference is normally about the Americans and Europeans bitching at each other. It will be interesting to see whether Putin actually managed to bring us together.”

A reader offers the following observations about Putin’s insane tirade and its consequences for Russia and the world:

I’m sure it has not escaped your notice that Putin has just made a speech at some kind of international conference, launching into the United States in almost an unprecedented way, and apparently blaming the US for the current drive by certain countries towards nuclear proliferation. I think he is clearly taking advantage of the current situation in which you have a lame duck president who is very unlikely to respond with an appropriate counter-attack. If I was speaking for the US I would say the following:

There is no doubt about the countries that Mr Putin is principally referring to. North Korea (the psychopath state created by the Soviet Union) recently tested its first atomic bomb, after all of the US brokered attempts to prevent it by diplomatic means and imposition of sanctions failed. Russia’s part in the negotiations ranged from indifference to obstruction, and after NK first announced that it had the bomb the official Russian reaction was “North Korea does not have the required technical capability.” Putin did play an active roll in relations with style North Korea however. Soon after his appointment as president, he invited Kim Jong Il to the Kremlin, and soon after that made an agreement to sell arms to him.

The other main country which we, and the rest of the world are referring to is of course Iran. Let us be quite clear about this, the fact that Iran will soon be capable of producing Nuclear weapons is a situation that would not exist without Russia’s help. In the early 1990s Russia made an agreement with the Islamic Republic of Iran to sell two nuclear power stations to it, and no other country was willing to do so. I don’t know how many people are aware of the following two facts but: First, the most favoured non-renewable energy source for power stations in the developed world in recent years is natural gas. This is considered the least bad option environmentally, and makes very sound economic sense unless the price of the gas is too high. Secondly, Iran has the second largest proven reserves of natural gas in the world after Russia. These two facts together make the sale of nuclear power plants to Iran the nearest thing there could possibly be to selling freezers to Inuits. Hence right from the outset, the powers that be in Russia must have been aware that Iran’s primary objective in obtaining nuclear power plants was to produce nuclear weapons. Subsequent events have born out this assumption amply. Again, Russia’s relations with Iran: It is a valued economic partner and a valued client for its burgeoning arms market. Most recently it has sold them one billion dollars worth of high tech anti-aircraft missiles. Clearly the fact that Iran has taught a generation of its people to regularly chant “death to America” is considered desirable by the man who claims to be America’s partner in the “war on terror”.

Perhaps Mr Putin considers his recent and projected sales of arms to third world countries and pariah states is a force for stability. One example is the new MiG 35 fighter plane. Russia can congratulate itself on the fact that this is widely considered to be equivalent to the new American Super Hornet. Doubtless Putin thinks that the world can feel reassurance from the fact that, after selling large numbers of these to India, Russia intends to sell them to: Syria, Iran, Libya, and last but not least Sudan Incidentally, as I’m sure you know, the Sudanese government is responsible for Africa’s worst humanitarian catastrophe, in Darfur and it may have been stopped if it had not been for Russia and China continually blocking sanctions on it. To watch a video regarding the airplane, click here.

It bears repeating: Don’t forget, dear readers, that LR told you this was going to happen, starting back last April. And she’s telling you now that it’s going to get much worse before it gets any better.

Russia Openly Declares Cold War on USA! (You can’t say LR didn’t try to warn you!)

Do you ever feel as though you’re being watched?


“We need the full range of military capabilities. We don’t know what’s going to develop in places like Russia and China, in North Korea, in Iran and elsewhere.”

That’s the next Secretary of Defense Robert Gates (pictured, left) testifying before the Armed Services Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives last week and laying to rest all doubt as to whether Russia has provoked a second cold war with the United States in the ultimate act of self-destruction yet seen in the annals of human history. And this came before he heard the outrageous remarks delivered by Russian “President” Vladimir Putin a few days later at the annual Munich security conference. That’s right: He lumps Russia in with international pariahs and rogue states like Iran, North Korea and China. Can you imagine what he thought of Russia after hearing . . .

The US has overstepped its national borders in every way. This is very dangerous, nobody feels secure any more because nobody can hide behind international law. People are always teaching us democracy but the people who teach us democracy don’t want to learn it themselves.

That’s Vladimir Putin, “president” of Russia, speaking at the Munich security conference last week. Did he really say that Russia, with no opposition parties, appointed governors and no independent TV news is as democratic as America? Yes, that’s just what he did. Putin has apparently decided as well that he gets to decree where the “national borders” of the United States are. Democrat Joseph Lieberman called Putin’s comments “provocative,” adding that the claims the US “aspired to unipolar power or acted unilaterally is just not borne out by the facts.”

Has Russia “overstepped its national borders” in Chechnya, Georgia, Ukraine and the Baltics? Oh no, heaven forbid, of course not, no need to ask the people who live there either, because their opinions mean nothing next to that of Vladmir Putin, Holy Russian Emperor. Has the US overstepped its borders even in Russia? Why yes, apparently it has invaded that country too, and China, and “every” other country in the world. Gracious. But if the U.S. is as powerful as all that and ill-intentioned, shouldn’t the president of Russia be at least a bit less provocative in his remarks? After all, his country is already losing 1 million from the population every year and working for $2.50 an hour on average. It seems not. Just call him Vladimir Quixputin, sacrificing Russia to rid the world of the evil of America.

Is Vladimir Putin going to lead a “coalition of the willing” (North Korea, Iran, Libya, Syria) against the United States and NATO in Cold War II? Is it really that delusional, already, that high oil fumes, that self-destructive? It would appear so. Welcome to Cold War II, the one Russia can’t possibly survive.

Putin has now even succeeded in alienating his best friend in the West, George Dubya Bush, who “looked into Pooty-Poot’s eyes.” The White House responded to Putin’s crazed, egomaniacal tirade as follows: “His accusations are wrong. We are surprised and disappointed with President Putin’s comments.” Just look at Putin and Gates sitting next to each other in the photograph above right. Is that really the relationship Russia wants with the world’s most powerful nation?

Don’t forget, dear readers, that LR told you this was going to happen, starting back last April. And she’s telling you now that it’s going to get much worse before it gets any better. Don’t forget the context: Putin’s comments come in the wake of a massive military buildup in impoverished Russia, a buildup which all by itself, without any menacing rhetoric, would be more than enough cause to conclude that a new cold war had begun. Instead of trying to soothe concerns about that buildup, Putin throws gasoline on the fire. Welcome back to the USSR!

Speaking at the same conference after Putin made his outrageously provocative remarks, Gates handed the malignant little troll the ultimate disrespect, putting him in is place as neat as you please. Giving him nothing to take home to the people, Gates dismissed Putin with a joke about silly cold war rhetoric and then ignored him — as if to say, we will let our actions speak for us, whilst you can only rely on empty words. Mr. Gates appears to be quite a good man for the job.

Google News now has over 1,500 international news articles reporting on Putin’s declaration of Cold War II with the United States. Estonia’s president condemned Putin’s remarks, using them as an opportunity “to urge the EU to rethink relations with ‘a country that considers democracy on its borders as a threat, or despotism inside its borders as a source of stability.’” Sweden’s Foreign Minister stated: “We should take him at his word. This was the real Russia of now, and possibly in four or five years time it could go further in this direction. We have to have a dialogue with Russia but we must be hard-nosed and realistic. We must stand up for our values.” Czech Republic’s Foreign Minister sarcastically thanked Putin, saying he had vindicated NATO’s decision to take in members from the former Soviet east over the past decade. LR would also like to thank President Putin very kindly! Ron Asmus, executive director of the Transatlantic Centre think tank in Brussels, stated “This Munich conference is normally about the Americans and Europeans bitching at each other. It will be interesting to see whether Putin actually managed to bring us together.”

A reader offers the following observations about Putin’s insane tirade and its consequences for Russia and the world:

I’m sure it has not escaped your notice that Putin has just made a speech at some kind of international conference, launching into the United States in almost an unprecedented way, and apparently blaming the US for the current drive by certain countries towards nuclear proliferation. I think he is clearly taking advantage of the current situation in which you have a lame duck president who is very unlikely to respond with an appropriate counter-attack. If I was speaking for the US I would say the following:

There is no doubt about the countries that Mr Putin is principally referring to. North Korea (the psychopath state created by the Soviet Union) recently tested its first atomic bomb, after all of the US brokered attempts to prevent it by diplomatic means and imposition of sanctions failed. Russia’s part in the negotiations ranged from indifference to obstruction, and after NK first announced that it had the bomb the official Russian reaction was “North Korea does not have the required technical capability.” Putin did play an active roll in relations with style North Korea however. Soon after his appointment as president, he invited Kim Jong Il to the Kremlin, and soon after that made an agreement to sell arms to him.

The other main country which we, and the rest of the world are referring to is of course Iran. Let us be quite clear about this, the fact that Iran will soon be capable of producing Nuclear weapons is a situation that would not exist without Russia’s help. In the early 1990s Russia made an agreement with the Islamic Republic of Iran to sell two nuclear power stations to it, and no other country was willing to do so. I don’t know how many people are aware of the following two facts but: First, the most favoured non-renewable energy source for power stations in the developed world in recent years is natural gas. This is considered the least bad option environmentally, and makes very sound economic sense unless the price of the gas is too high. Secondly, Iran has the second largest proven reserves of natural gas in the world after Russia. These two facts together make the sale of nuclear power plants to Iran the nearest thing there could possibly be to selling freezers to Inuits. Hence right from the outset, the powers that be in Russia must have been aware that Iran’s primary objective in obtaining nuclear power plants was to produce nuclear weapons. Subsequent events have born out this assumption amply. Again, Russia’s relations with Iran: It is a valued economic partner and a valued client for its burgeoning arms market. Most recently it has sold them one billion dollars worth of high tech anti-aircraft missiles. Clearly the fact that Iran has taught a generation of its people to regularly chant “death to America” is considered desirable by the man who claims to be America’s partner in the “war on terror”.

Perhaps Mr Putin considers his recent and projected sales of arms to third world countries and pariah states is a force for stability. One example is the new MiG 35 fighter plane. Russia can congratulate itself on the fact that this is widely considered to be equivalent to the new American Super Hornet. Doubtless Putin thinks that the world can feel reassurance from the fact that, after selling large numbers of these to India, Russia intends to sell them to: Syria, Iran, Libya, and last but not least Sudan Incidentally, as I’m sure you know, the Sudanese government is responsible for Africa’s worst humanitarian catastrophe, in Darfur and it may have been stopped if it had not been for Russia and China continually blocking sanctions on it. To watch a video regarding the airplane, click here.

It bears repeating: Don’t forget, dear readers, that LR told you this was going to happen, starting back last April. And she’s telling you now that it’s going to get much worse before it gets any better.

Russia Openly Declares Cold War on USA! (You can’t say LR didn’t try to warn you!)

Do you ever feel as though you’re being watched?


“We need the full range of military capabilities. We don’t know what’s going to develop in places like Russia and China, in North Korea, in Iran and elsewhere.”

That’s the next Secretary of Defense Robert Gates (pictured, left) testifying before the Armed Services Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives last week and laying to rest all doubt as to whether Russia has provoked a second cold war with the United States in the ultimate act of self-destruction yet seen in the annals of human history. And this came before he heard the outrageous remarks delivered by Russian “President” Vladimir Putin a few days later at the annual Munich security conference. That’s right: He lumps Russia in with international pariahs and rogue states like Iran, North Korea and China. Can you imagine what he thought of Russia after hearing . . .

The US has overstepped its national borders in every way. This is very dangerous, nobody feels secure any more because nobody can hide behind international law. People are always teaching us democracy but the people who teach us democracy don’t want to learn it themselves.

That’s Vladimir Putin, “president” of Russia, speaking at the Munich security conference last week. Did he really say that Russia, with no opposition parties, appointed governors and no independent TV news is as democratic as America? Yes, that’s just what he did. Putin has apparently decided as well that he gets to decree where the “national borders” of the United States are. Democrat Joseph Lieberman called Putin’s comments “provocative,” adding that the claims the US “aspired to unipolar power or acted unilaterally is just not borne out by the facts.”

Has Russia “overstepped its national borders” in Chechnya, Georgia, Ukraine and the Baltics? Oh no, heaven forbid, of course not, no need to ask the people who live there either, because their opinions mean nothing next to that of Vladmir Putin, Holy Russian Emperor. Has the US overstepped its borders even in Russia? Why yes, apparently it has invaded that country too, and China, and “every” other country in the world. Gracious. But if the U.S. is as powerful as all that and ill-intentioned, shouldn’t the president of Russia be at least a bit less provocative in his remarks? After all, his country is already losing 1 million from the population every year and working for $2.50 an hour on average. It seems not. Just call him Vladimir Quixputin, sacrificing Russia to rid the world of the evil of America.

Is Vladimir Putin going to lead a “coalition of the willing” (North Korea, Iran, Libya, Syria) against the United States and NATO in Cold War II? Is it really that delusional, already, that high oil fumes, that self-destructive? It would appear so. Welcome to Cold War II, the one Russia can’t possibly survive.

Putin has now even succeeded in alienating his best friend in the West, George Dubya Bush, who “looked into Pooty-Poot’s eyes.” The White House responded to Putin’s crazed, egomaniacal tirade as follows: “His accusations are wrong. We are surprised and disappointed with President Putin’s comments.” Just look at Putin and Gates sitting next to each other in the photograph above right. Is that really the relationship Russia wants with the world’s most powerful nation?

Don’t forget, dear readers, that LR told you this was going to happen, starting back last April. And she’s telling you now that it’s going to get much worse before it gets any better. Don’t forget the context: Putin’s comments come in the wake of a massive military buildup in impoverished Russia, a buildup which all by itself, without any menacing rhetoric, would be more than enough cause to conclude that a new cold war had begun. Instead of trying to soothe concerns about that buildup, Putin throws gasoline on the fire. Welcome back to the USSR!

Speaking at the same conference after Putin made his outrageously provocative remarks, Gates handed the malignant little troll the ultimate disrespect, putting him in is place as neat as you please. Giving him nothing to take home to the people, Gates dismissed Putin with a joke about silly cold war rhetoric and then ignored him — as if to say, we will let our actions speak for us, whilst you can only rely on empty words. Mr. Gates appears to be quite a good man for the job.

Google News now has over 1,500 international news articles reporting on Putin’s declaration of Cold War II with the United States. Estonia’s president condemned Putin’s remarks, using them as an opportunity “to urge the EU to rethink relations with ‘a country that considers democracy on its borders as a threat, or despotism inside its borders as a source of stability.’” Sweden’s Foreign Minister stated: “We should take him at his word. This was the real Russia of now, and possibly in four or five years time it could go further in this direction. We have to have a dialogue with Russia but we must be hard-nosed and realistic. We must stand up for our values.” Czech Republic’s Foreign Minister sarcastically thanked Putin, saying he had vindicated NATO’s decision to take in members from the former Soviet east over the past decade. LR would also like to thank President Putin very kindly! Ron Asmus, executive director of the Transatlantic Centre think tank in Brussels, stated “This Munich conference is normally about the Americans and Europeans bitching at each other. It will be interesting to see whether Putin actually managed to bring us together.”

A reader offers the following observations about Putin’s insane tirade and its consequences for Russia and the world:

I’m sure it has not escaped your notice that Putin has just made a speech at some kind of international conference, launching into the United States in almost an unprecedented way, and apparently blaming the US for the current drive by certain countries towards nuclear proliferation. I think he is clearly taking advantage of the current situation in which you have a lame duck president who is very unlikely to respond with an appropriate counter-attack. If I was speaking for the US I would say the following:

There is no doubt about the countries that Mr Putin is principally referring to. North Korea (the psychopath state created by the Soviet Union) recently tested its first atomic bomb, after all of the US brokered attempts to prevent it by diplomatic means and imposition of sanctions failed. Russia’s part in the negotiations ranged from indifference to obstruction, and after NK first announced that it had the bomb the official Russian reaction was “North Korea does not have the required technical capability.” Putin did play an active roll in relations with style North Korea however. Soon after his appointment as president, he invited Kim Jong Il to the Kremlin, and soon after that made an agreement to sell arms to him.

The other main country which we, and the rest of the world are referring to is of course Iran. Let us be quite clear about this, the fact that Iran will soon be capable of producing Nuclear weapons is a situation that would not exist without Russia’s help. In the early 1990s Russia made an agreement with the Islamic Republic of Iran to sell two nuclear power stations to it, and no other country was willing to do so. I don’t know how many people are aware of the following two facts but: First, the most favoured non-renewable energy source for power stations in the developed world in recent years is natural gas. This is considered the least bad option environmentally, and makes very sound economic sense unless the price of the gas is too high. Secondly, Iran has the second largest proven reserves of natural gas in the world after Russia. These two facts together make the sale of nuclear power plants to Iran the nearest thing there could possibly be to selling freezers to Inuits. Hence right from the outset, the powers that be in Russia must have been aware that Iran’s primary objective in obtaining nuclear power plants was to produce nuclear weapons. Subsequent events have born out this assumption amply. Again, Russia’s relations with Iran: It is a valued economic partner and a valued client for its burgeoning arms market. Most recently it has sold them one billion dollars worth of high tech anti-aircraft missiles. Clearly the fact that Iran has taught a generation of its people to regularly chant “death to America” is considered desirable by the man who claims to be America’s partner in the “war on terror”.

Perhaps Mr Putin considers his recent and projected sales of arms to third world countries and pariah states is a force for stability. One example is the new MiG 35 fighter plane. Russia can congratulate itself on the fact that this is widely considered to be equivalent to the new American Super Hornet. Doubtless Putin thinks that the world can feel reassurance from the fact that, after selling large numbers of these to India, Russia intends to sell them to: Syria, Iran, Libya, and last but not least Sudan Incidentally, as I’m sure you know, the Sudanese government is responsible for Africa’s worst humanitarian catastrophe, in Darfur and it may have been stopped if it had not been for Russia and China continually blocking sanctions on it. To watch a video regarding the airplane, click here.

It bears repeating: Don’t forget, dear readers, that LR told you this was going to happen, starting back last April. And she’s telling you now that it’s going to get much worse before it gets any better.

McDuff & Khokhlova Chronicle Russian Outrage

David McDuff’s A Day at a Time offers two reports on human rights outrages in Russia.

First, he reports on the beating and gassing of a female human rights activist in Mari Republic.

Then, he reports on a mass poisoning of children in Chechnya that Russian authorities tried to pass of as “psychosis.”

David also links to Radio Liberty’s interview with Boris Berezovsky about the Litvinenko killing.

Veronica Khokhlova at Global Voices provides a nice bookend with details from the Russian blogosphere about the racist attack on Newsweek correspondent and blogger Aidar Buribayev (pictured, left) on a Moscow subway over the weekend. She points out that a huge number of comments have been left on Buribayev’s blog supporting the racists.

Applebaum on the "Creepy, Scary" Neo-Soviet Union

The Toronto Star reports that Anne Applebaum (pictured, left), the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Gulag: A History, spoke at Thursday’s Grano lecture series in Toronto:

“That’s the great thing about computers,” Anne Applebaum says with a laugh. She is explaining how it is that she can be a columnist for the Washington Post while living outside the Beltway. Far outside – as in Warsaw, Poland, where she is the wife of the minister of national defence. Or rather, her husband, Radek Sikorski, was the minister until last Monday, when “ongoing issues” with the Polish prime minister persuaded him to resign. Sikorski, a former Solidarity activist, remains a senator, however, and Applebaum, 42, recently committed to living there full time with their two young sons.

Though Washington-born and bred, Applebaum has spent most of her working life in Europe, starting as Warsaw correspondent for The Economist in 1989. The Byzantine workings of the former Soviet Union and its six Eastern Europe satellites have riveted her ever since. Which isn’t to say she doesn’t range further afield on occasion, there being “a limited appetite,” as she puts it, “for Eastern European coverage in Washington.” She recently attacked the Kyoto Treaty as “absurd” for exempting so-called developing countries China and India. Likewise the futile war against poppy growing in Afghanistan. Cultivation for medical use should be legalized, she argues, as was done with Turkey.

Last week, Applebaum was briefly back on this side of the Atlantic to speak at the Grano dinner, the high-profile speakers series that this year is focusing on Europe’s future. Europe and its giant bear of a neighbour, Russia. On that subject, few can compete with Applebaum. Her 2003 book, Gulag: A History, six years in the making, is now considered the gold standard, winning a Pulitzer Prize and eliciting rave international reviews. “Magisterial,” applauded the Times Literary Supplement. “A book whose importance is impossible to exaggerate.” Meticulously researched in the Kremlin’s newly opened Gulag archives, the book was a full-on condemnation of the Soviet Union’s use of isolated labour camps and colonies to suppress political dissent. Between 1918 and 1991, 18 million “enemies of the state” passed though them. Another 7 million were exiled.

But in post-Communist Russia, it is often as if they never existed. As Applebaum wrote: “The past does not haunt Russia’s secret police, Russia’s judges, Russia’s politicians, or Russia’s business elite.” It should, she says. It must, if there is ever to be a clean break with the Soviet past. “I don’t say there has to be trials but perhaps a truth commission like in South Africa. A public investigation, a formal inquiry, a public debate. One in every six people went through the Gulag system – everybody knew someone, was related to someone who had.”

Attention was briefly paid by Mikhail Gorbachev in the 1980s, Applebaum says, but after the Cold War ended in 1991, Russia changed radically. Capitalism at its crudest led to the emergence of oligarchs and gangsters and the glaring fact that the scoundrels of the Communist era had gone unpunished, were still safe in their state-supplied apartments and country dachas.
As the book noted, it seemed to most Russians “as if the more you collaborated in the past, the wiser you were. By analogy, the more you cheat and lie in the present, the wiser you are.”

In the 1990s, “people suddenly had other things to do,” she says. “They also had to get used to the idea that `we were a great superpower, and now we are not.’” She points out that the post-Communist political elite, including “very disturbing” President Vladimir Putin, are all former KGB officers who don’t want their own, or the secret police’s, past revealed. During Putin’s seven years in power, Russia has become more repressive. It isn’t a totalitarian system or a police state “yet,” she says, but it is highly controlled and often paranoid. She describes it as a “managed democracy” that gives the appearance but not the reality of political freedom: “You can’t cross certain lines.”

As the veteran journalist Anna Politkovskaya knew full well. The searing critic of the Kremlin’s policies in Chechnya was shot dead in her Moscow apartment last October, a murder that remains unsolved. “No one but the Kremlin had a motive to kill her,” says Applebaum, shaking her head. “She was an extremely brave person, but she was aware of the risks.”

Similarly Alexander Litvinenko, the ex-KGB defector and Kremlin critic who died a month later in London from polonium-210 radiation poisoning. Another unsolved killing. “It’s like a Cold War novel, isn’t it?” But she has no doubt Putin was responsible. Not that he gave an “actual order to an actual thug,” but in the sense that he presides over a web of former intelligence operatives and approves of their methods.

Then too there is Mikhail Khodorkovsky. Once head of the YUKOS oil giant and Russia’s wealthiest citizen, he’s been in a Siberian prison cell since 2005, serving eight years for tax evasion. He was further charged last week with money-laundering and faces another 10 years. The Kremlin has fabricated the charges, he says.

Applebaum wouldn’t be surprised. “I’m not saying he didn’t launder money or evade tax, but he was imprisoned as an example to the others. He was a guy who had Western contacts, who gave money to pro-democracy groups. One of the lines you don’t cross in Russia is getting involved in politics.” That Khodorkovsky is imprisoned in a Gulag-style Siberian jail when the Gulag system of political repression is supposedly long gone “is creepy,” she says. “It’s scary.” With his term of office limited to eight years, Putin must resign the presidency next year. Theoretically. “But will he leave or will he arrange it so he controls his successor? Nobody knows because the succession process in Russia is still a mystery. A lot of people are interested in keeping things the way they are.”

Applebaum will be back in Moscow this year to research a new book on how the Communist regimes of Eastern Europe were created “on the ground” after World War II. It will focus on individual stories of people struggling with radical changes and the dilemma they faced – to flee, fight, or join the new political order. She intends to return to the Gulag archives. There was no problem accessing them a decade ago. But that was before her book turned a glaring spotlight on the full horror and tragedy of the system. “I don’t know if they’ll let me in,” she says with a sigh. “I’m not overly optimistic.”

Annals of Russian Self-Destruction: The Story of LR and the Chatbox

Readers may remember that a little while back La Russophobe introduced a new feature to the blog, in the form of an unfiltered chatbox which would let readers talk back to LR (and to each other) without registering for blogger.

This, quite predictably, turned into a classic Russian disaster.

The chatbox was surprisingly popular. In just the nine short days of its existence, with little fanfare from LR, it was viewed 4,024 times (447 times per day) and drew 71 comments. These comments actually led to two posts on the blog. All in all, quite phenomenal really.

But of course, the Russophile slobs had to ruin it, just exactly as they are ruining Russia itself. Not only did they spew forth personal attacks on La Russophobe, which was expected and in fact desired (it’s the best proof possible of how right LR really is), but they couldn’t leave it at that. Instead, they had to attack non-Russophile commenters as well, and not merely with personal insults but by impersonating them and posting false messages on the box. Naturally, when the victims of this outrageous, childish and quasi-criminal conduct complained, the box was taken out of service.

This is Russia in a nutshell. Not only do these abject losers deprive themselves of the ability to post their objections to this blog, but in the process they prove La Russophobe‘s point about what is going on in Russia more conclusively than she ever could. This kind of thing has been going on in Russia for centuries now, and it is the reason we see Russia at the brink of extinction as a nation, losing 1 million people from the population every year and laboring for an average wage of $2.50 per hour while the rest of the world passes it by.

And so it goes in Russia.

LR Beta Tests Moderated Open Commenting

Due to a childish attempt by some Russophile maniacs to spam this blog by posting the same ridiculous comment over and over again, commenting is now moderated. This means your comment will not appear on the blog until it has been reviewed and approved by LR (this will occur the same day you post your comment). LR apologizes for any inconvenience. However, the silver lining is that this allows LR to beta-test open commenting. You may now post a comment to the blog without signing up with blogger. You may do so anonymously, but you should give a unique posting name to yourself, as opposed to “anonymous,” if you want a good chance of having your comment appear on the blog.